Wold - Postsocial

In my review of Wold's last full-length, Freermasonry, from 2011, I detailed how I had never been much a fan of the band's earlier works, but that I was a huge fan of that record in particular. With the band's newest record, Postsocial, I think I have crossed over into full-on fan status.

I loved Freermasonry so much that when Postsocial became available, I grabbed it blindly, without having heard so much as a note of it. And I have to imagine that will be the case from this point forward, because Wold has made another chaotic yet unstoppable record that just calls out for repeated listens. I can binge on this for hours, and while my ears may at some point ask for mercy, my mind will not allow it. The album contains 5 songs and 45+ minutes of genuine aural punishment, but if you're anything like me, you'll keep begging for more, because this album is pretty damn catchy, too.

"Catchy" might not be a word that is often, if ever, associated with Wold, but there's something very unforgettable about this record that identifies it as such. It's not as if Wold has gone pop, but the rhythms of Postsocial are undeniable to say the least. Indeed, there seem to be patterns in the chaos, and I can't help but think there is something greater going on here, something more than just music, more than just art. I feel like Wold are making a statement of some sort here, though I'll be damned if I can figure out what it is.

Wold have always had an element of black metal to their sound, but like with Freermasonry, Postsocial seems to have little if any hint of it at all. But those unavoidable rhythms, be they intentional or not, produce sounds at times that are almost melodic. Notice I said almost... I don't want to be misunderstood here; the disorder and noise attack that has always characterized Wold's sound is here, and in spades. The hate-soaked, frenzied vocals and walls of electronic and acoustic noise that Wold fans should expect permeate the album from beginning to end, and are as resplendent as they are frantic. Check out the track "Five Points" for instance: it is a perfect example of the dichotomy of the record. While it is quite insane, it also gets caught in my head quite easily. And even though I can't guarantee similar results for everyone (or anyone, for that matter; this is Wold, after all), I should hope that if you haven't been a Wold fan in the past,  you would at least give this record a chance.

This is available now on CD from Profound Lore, and on vinyl from numerous fine distros, including Experimedia and Gilead Media.

1 comment:

Tammy said...

I think I get what you mean about melodic- even though it still sticks to the genre fully.